Area High Schools Participate in
Paint the Plow
Jennings design chosen as the overall winner
LIMA (Tuesday, May
20, 2014) An entry from Fort Jennings High School in Putnam County was chosen as the
winner of the first Paint the Plow contest sponsored by the Ohio Department of
Transportation (ODOT) District 1.
The winner was chosen by the district’s administrative staff
and announced today during the district’s annual truck and loader roadeo held
Paint the Plow is a community outreach program between ODOT
District 1 and area high schools and career-technical schools within the
district’s eight-county region of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding,
Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot counties.
Participants in the contest received a clean, black snow
plow blade to paint their original design on. While there was no theme for the
contest, students were encouraged to create designs based on the seasons,
safety, patriotism, the state of Ohio and school spirit.
A total of 21 entries from six participating counties were
received. The ODOT employees in each of the six counties selected one design to
compete as the overall winner.
Within District 1, the following schools participated:
Bath High School
Bluffton High School
Lima Central Catholic
Perry High School
Columbus Grove High School
Continental High School
Fort Jennings High School
Miller City-New Cleveland High School
Pandora Gilboa High School
Defiance High School
Hicksville High School
Four County Career Center
Lincolnview High School
Vantage Career Center
Delphos Jefferson High School
PARC Lane/PC Workshop, Inc.
Antwerp High School
Paulding High School
Wayne Trace High School
Upper Sandusky High School
Angeline Industries-Art Connection Studios
In addition to Fort Jennings, the designs selected as
finalists were submissions from Bluffton High School, Four County Career
Center, Paulding High School, Vantage Career Center and Angeline Industries-Art
Submitted designs in this year’s contest covered topics such
as winter weather, frostbite awareness, school spirit, Ohio, modern updates to
classic paintings and messages of support for other students.
The Fort Jennings design featured a warning about frostbite
because a family member of a participating member of the Fort Jennings team
suffered from frostbite this past winter
“It was really exciting to have the level of response from
area schools that we had in the first year of the Paint the Plow contest. The
work and creative energy put into these plow blades is very obvious and we
appreciate each of the students that participated in the contest,” said Kirk
Slusher, ODOT District 1 deputy director.
All of the plow designs submitted will be on display at the
ODOT county maintenance garage in which each school resides. The designs may
also be featured on ODOT trucks in parades and festivals within the counties
they originated in, and be displayed at area fairs.
The winning entry from Fort Jennings is currently featured as the banner on
ODOT District 1’s Facebook page and in the Paint the Plow 2014 photo album on
the site. Photos of all submitted designs can be viewed at the site as well: https://www.facebook.com/ODOTDistrict1
highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to
provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio
Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the
largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and
accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance
economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely
invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction
program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419)
or email D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us